WWF: Mekong Dams Threaten Rare Giant Catfish; 'The Clock Is Ticking'
Washington, D.C. - Jul 27, 2010 22:47 EST
Wild populations of the iconic Mekong giant catfish will be driven to extinction if hydropower dams planned for the Mekong River go ahead, says a new report by World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
The report, River of Giants: Giant Fish of the...
Extreme Archaeology: Divers Plumb The Mysteries Of Sacred Maya Pools
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois - Jul 22, 2010 15:30 EST
Steering clear of crocodiles and navigating around massive submerged trees, a team of divers began mapping some of the 25 freshwater pools of Cara Blanca, Belize, which were important to the ancient Maya. In three weeks this May, the divers...
Researcher: Sea Lamprey Research Sheds Light On How Stress Hormones Evolved
East Lansing, Michigan - Jul 19, 2010 21:20 EST
Michigan State University researchers are the first to identify a stress hormone in the sea lamprey, using the 500 million-year-old species as a model to understand the evolution of the endocrine system.
Corticosteroid hormones control stress response in animals with backbones,...
Research Aims To Repel Sharks From Fishing Gear To Prevent Deaths
Perth, Australia - Jul 19, 2010 20:43 EST
A greater understanding of shark senses may prevent sharks being accidentally killed in commercial fishing operations, according to a researcher at The University of Western Australia.
WA Premier's Research Fellow Winthrop Professor Shaun Collin said large numbers of sharks are taken...
University Project Points To A New Way Of 'Finding' Nemo: Breed Them
Townsville, Queensland - Jul 18, 2010 21:03 EST
A world-leading project at James Cook University is breeding popular marine ornamental fish such as the Coral Sea Lyretail Blenny, the Banggai Cardinalfish and various Clownfish.
Dr Chaoshu Zeng, who leads JCU's Tropical Aquaculture Research Group in the School of...
Prehistoric Creatures Provide Clue To Deep Sea Life On Aussie Reef; 'Living Fossils'
St. Lucia, Queensland - Jul 15, 2010 17:58 EST
Scientists from the Queensland Brain Institute have used high-tech equipment to capture underwater creatures at depths not documented from before.
Using deep-sea cameras and instrument platforms new to Australia, prehistoric six-gilled sharks, giant oil fish, swarms of crustaceans and many...
Research: Antidepressants In Water Cause Shrimps To 'Swim Towards The Light'
Portsmouth, U.K. - Jul 7, 2010 22:59 EST
Rising levels of antidepressants in coastal waters could change sea-life behavior and potentially damage the food-chain, according to a new study.
Research into the behavior of shrimps exposed to the antidepressant fluoxetine, showed that their behavior is dramatically affected. The...
NOAA Models: 60-80% Chance For Tarballs To Hit The Florida Keys And Miami
Washington, D.C. - Jul 3, 2010 18:05 EST
NOAA has used modeling of historical wind and ocean currents to project the likelihood that surface oil from the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill will impact additional U.S. coastline. This modeling, part of NOAA's comprehensive response to the unprecedented Gulf oil...
The Amperima Event: Ecological Change In The Abyss Driven By Climate
Southampton, U.K. - Jun 25, 2010 13:30 EST
Even in the dark abyss of the deep ocean animal communities can undergo rapid, widespread and radical changes. Scientists at the National Oceanography Centre are at the forefront of monitoring these changes and understanding the mechanisms responsible. Their latest research...